Managing your time wisely, getting work done on time, and maintaining good grades are important to most students at Christian Brothers. Often times, scholars find themselves overwhelmed and stressed with the workload we take upon ourselves. We are not the first to enter the Christian Brothers community and experience the rigor and high demand of […]
Managing your time wisely, getting work done on time, and maintaining good grades are important to most students at Christian Brothers. Often times, scholars find themselves overwhelmed and stressed with the workload we take upon ourselves. We are not the first to enter the Christian Brothers community and experience the rigor and high demand of our teachers and studies. Many CB alumni have excelled in life after receiving a Christian Brothers education, therefore we know the work is possible.
In the Sacramento area and even in the nation, Christian Brothers is known for preparing students for an easy transition into college. Christian Brothers has earned a placed on the Washington Post’s List of Most Challenging Private High Schools six years in a row. Many students who leave Christian Brothers leave with a purpose in mind: graduate from college and sustain a well paying job.
Denaijah Lee ‘21 explains that she chose to attend Christian Brothers because she knows it will prepare her for college.
“Out of all the schools in the area, I chose to come to Christian Brothers because my education comes first. In my family, college is not an option, but a way of life,” she says.
Denaijah has set high standards for herself, and the only way she will succeed is by sustaining excellence in the classroom
“I know that the late nights studying, and stressing over due dates will pay off when I get accepted into the college of my dreams,” the sophomore says.
Retaining a healthy balance between schoolwork and personal wellness is an important aspect to make sure you do not became overwhelmed. Denaijah has adjusted to Christian Brothers workload fairly well by making sure she manages her time appropriately to ensure that she does not have to worry about finishing projects at the last minute, and working until the second before the Schoology Dropbox closes.
“I will admit at first coming to CB it was a struggle,” she says. “Coming from a public school the amount of homework I received was foreign. In my years of schooling I never had to complete three hours of homework each night,” she says.
“Juggling seven classes, playing soccer and basketball, and saving time to enjoy childhood seemed impossible,” she says.
Denaijah did not think she would be able to handle her work, but she said that getting work done early rather than on time relives a lot of stress. It takes a lot of focus and willingness to stay on top of the workload at Christian Brothers.
“One piece of advice I could give is to stay focused and do not keep putting your work off.” Denaijah says. “In the end, you will suffer from the hole you dug yourself in. So if you are not doing anything Friday night, pull out your homework and start a little instead of waiting until 8 PM Sunday to finish your homework.”
“If I learned anything at all in the past year, it would be how to properly and effectively manage my time.”
Mr. Danny Delgado ‘79 and Coach Jalen Walker ‘13 testify to the various ways CB has prepared them to carry out their vocation, mentor students, and be the best person they can be for society.
Mr. Delgado says that he was prepared for college socially.
“Christian Brothers prepared me to work with people, be able to participate, and become unafraid of leadership,” the science instructor says. “Even when I failed, I knew how to pick myself up and keep going.”
Mr. Delgado learned new characteristics about himself and had a more interpersonal experience at CB, which helped him with the real world. He encourages students looking to study at four year universities to stop being lazy and take a heavy load your senior year of high school.
“My senior year of high school I made two mistakes: taking an easy class schedule, and becoming great at procrastination. Because of this, when I got to college, I had a lot of time on my hands and did not know how to treat that time.”
Mr. Delgado struggled with planning and completing all of his tasks. He did not have the discipline to sit down and finish his assignments and ended up on academic probation. But by the beginning of his junior year in college, Mr. Delgado started to get it together.
He was able to manage two jobs, participate in dance and theater productions, and of course complete his job as a student. He has come back to share his wisdom with the Christian Brothers community and is living proof that CB prepares its students academic or socially to sustain careers.
Coach Jalen Walker praises Christian Brothers for helping him academically and agrees with Mr. Delgado that he was prepared socially. Attending CB events allowed for growth in his people skills.
“I became more confident on my approach in communication with people. I became more outgoing and engaged inside the Christian Brothers community.”
Being a multi-sport athlete, Coach Walker learned the importance teamwork and camaraderie.
“Christian Brothers was a great learning experience and help me build up my athletic abilities individually and with my team,” he says.
At the end of the day, we as students attend Christian Brothers for one purpose: Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve. Whether CB prepared you socially or academically, we will leave with more positive attributes than when we arrived.